Debunking the “I Don’t Have Time To Cook Argument”
You’ve heard it. You’ve even probably said it yourself.
Not having enough time to do things—cooking or otherwise—has become an increasingly common excuse as people become “seemingly” busier and busier.
Maybe not having enough time really isn’t the crux of the issue at all, but rather, cooking healthy meals on a regular basis just doesn’t seem like enough of a priority.
Compared to tasks related to jobs, school, or childcare, it can be easy to forget how important the food that you put into your body really is.
No Time to Cook?
Try Making Health Your First Priority!
So, maybe the problem isn’t that you don’t have time to cook but that you haven’t been making cooking one of your top priorities.
Again, it’s understandable.
Grocery shopping trips, chopping vegetables, cooking potatoes—it all seems like a lot of work, especially at the end of a long day.
But is it really?
Health Starts in the Kitchen!
Even the busiest people likely have some time off during the weekends, and that’s the perfect opportunity for meal-prep.
Cooked vegetables can be good for around three to four days in the fridge—the same goes for most beans and rice.
If they’re stored in the freezer, many can last for up to three months.
With this approach, eating a healthy meal is as easy as heating up food that you made.
How about meals like canned beans with heated frozen veggies adding some added nutritional yeast.
Or whole grain pasta adding fresh pre- washed spinach to tomato sauce.
And how about frozen fruit smoothies with added pre-washed chopped kale, a scoop of protein powder and a little plantbased milk.
They take no time to make but are packed with nutrients and can be paired with other healthy add-ons like natural peanut butter or berries for oatmeal.
So, here’s what everything comes down to…
The problem is likely not that you don’t have enough time, but a lot of the social myths of cooking have gotten to you too.
Cooking doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming.
You don’t have to cook every single day in order to eat healthy meals.
And, it’s still possible to eat healthy even when you don’t have time to cook.
Just learn a few simple tricks like meal-prepping or buying pre-cut vegetables or frozen fruits if needed.
Most importantly, the key to having time to cook is keeping your top priority—your health—in mind.
It’s not about doing the impossible and hoping to magically add more hours to the day—
It’s about changing what you do with the hours you already have.
Remember: you probably have more time than you think.
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